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  1. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hello, In early April, I started up a new 90G tank and began a fishless cycle using Fritz's ammonia (made specifically for aquarists doing this sort of thing). Two months later, I have not achieved an ammonia reading of zero and I'm wondering if this community can help me to understand why, and...
  2. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hello, five weeks ago i set up my first aquarium. Volume: 5.5 gallon ( 21 litre) Substrate: organic soil capped with small rocks/pebbles/gravel from the beach Plants: Eleocharis parvula, marsilea hirsuta, vallisneria americana asiatica, ludwigia, anacharis, hygrophila 53b Heater/Filter: None...
  3. Plants
    I was just gifted a 20 gal tank. It came with a heater, thermometer, filter, LED lights. Whatever comes with the topfin starter kit, essentially. I’m not super sure where to start. Ideally I would like to keep live plants and mostly shrimp, and a few small fish if necessary for the overall tank...
  4. Planted Nano Tanks
    Hi everyone. I am coming up on 4 weeks of my first aquascape. here are some details: 10 gallon, eco-complete substrate, driftwood, lots of plants i cant even name half of them, plant light by fluval set 7 hours a day at 25% intensity. (youtube directed me to use lower intensity because 10 gal is...
  5. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Hello! I've been a lurker on this forum for well over a year, everyone on here is immensely helpful and has guided me through my shrimp journey from the start. Normally I can find a solution for all my problems just by searching these forums but I'm at a standstill right now. I recently upgraded...
  6. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hey yall, I recently set up a 10 gallon planted tank, im unsure of what stocking, but I currently have fluval stratum and driftwood, no plants. I am cycling with API quickstart as well as seachem stability. It took around two weeks for my ammonia to come down near 0, however I have not seen an...
  7. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I've got a 20 gallon and I'm going to make it high tech (this is my first time). I want to dry start some Monte Carlo, S. Repens, and Hygrophila Pinnatifida (amount in that order), but I'm also worried about algae popping up, so I'm torn on whether to dry start or cycle first. Can they be done...
  8. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hey yall, I am very new to the planted tank world, but prior to this i've been keeping reef tanks for a few years. My main confusion stems from pH. I have a 10 gallon low tech setup that is currently cycling. I used some spiderwood and fluval stratum as my aquascape. I've noticed that my pH...
  9. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello! I am soon going to be transitioning my tank from dry start method to being flooded. I have monte carlo and S repens in there currently. I will be adding some more stem plants the day I flood. I read alot about quite a few water changes when you get a new planted tank. So one of my...
  10. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hi there! Hope everyone is safe, sane and well in these crazy times. I've just bought my first aquarium in years and I'm super excited to get cracking now - my husband and I have decided on fancy goldfish instead of tropical this time. I'm planning on doing a planted aquarium (have researched...
  11. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi all, new to planted aquariums and to this great site! I started by buying a 37 gallon tank (22” deep, minus a few “ of substrate), putting down some carib eco complete substrate, and got planting. My goal has been to do what I guess would be considered a “silent cycle.” Basically I just...
  12. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hiya. I set up a 15 gallon tank around 40 days ago and did a fish in cycle (my partner came home one day with a Betta in a cup). I planted heavily with mostly foreground plants, carried out regular water changes (usually 25% or more daily), and tested my water daily. I saw my ammonia levels...
  13. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello everyone ! I set up a ''regular'' fish tank recently and added three fish at the beginning of the month. Unfortunately, I did not cycle it correctly (too many water changes according to an employee at the local fish store) and they all died within three weeks. In an attempt to save the...
  14. General Planted Tank Discussion
    55 gallon planted tank. Miracle-Gro organic soil capped with 1/4 - 1/2" of gravel with seiryu stone. CO2 running 6 hours/day at 2-3 bubbles/sec with 200+ watts of T5HO. PH pre CO2 7.4 and after 6 hours it's about 6.6. I dose flourish 3 times/week. I have two Penn Plax 1000's with fluval rings...
  15. Substrate
    I set up my planted 20 long just a little bit over 3 weeks ago. I am currently cycling, and waiting patiently for it to finish up so that I can get some fish in there! But, when buying some BDBS I accidently bought the fine type. I recently bought a bag of Fluval Stratum and would like to...
  16. Low Tech Forum
    Hello planted tank people! I am just endeavoring into the world of fish tanks and am cycling my first tank ever. I plan on having Cherry red shrimp. I am 4 weeks into the cycling process and my parameters are all over the place. For reference I have a inert substrate, java moss, java fern...
  17. Lighting
    Hey all, I'm currently almost done setting up a 75 gallon high tech tank. I ordered a Chihiros 1201 A plus light which I figured will put me in the medium to high range of light and I do plan on carpeting some HC Cuba as well as a mixture of stem plants, epiphytes etc. However, the light's...
  18. Fish
    I have a 5 gal planted tank with 1 betta and 2 nerites. biggest problem I've seen is when I clean the sponge filter (place sponge filter into bag with tank water and squeeze. repeat a few times), my ammonia goes up then my nitrites. I seem to be having a mini cycle each time. I think it's...
  19. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello all, I'm new to the aquarium community and am trying to get some reliable information regarding cycling. I currently have a 5 gallon planted tank (fluval spec V) which is generally doing well. It has been running for a few weeks. Unfortunately, I didn't have the opportunity to cycle...
  20. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi all, I am brand new to the planted tank hobby and I am looking for some advice. I had a tank years ago, but just recently decided to get back into it. I was just wondering what is the best way to cycle a new planted tank? My LFS said to do a fish-in cycle, but after doing some of my own...
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